Felony theft charges leveled in Brookfield

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A 45-year-old woman and a 54-year-old man, both of Maywood, were charged with felony retail theft in Brookfield on April 10 after they allegedly stole 14 boxes of over-the-counter pain medications and other items from a local drug store.

The Cook County State's Attorney approved felony charges against Kimberly A. Giles and Eligio Valencia due to their extensive history of committing retail theft, according to the police report.

The manager of CVS, 8911 Ogden Ave., told police he observed the two place numerous items in a large purse. When confronted, the two walked out of the store and into the parking lot. When police arrived, both subjects fled, with Giles reportedly throwing items out of her purse,

Giles and Valencia were apprehended nearby.

Both are in Cook County Jail awaiting trial.

'Chillin' bro'

North Riverside police charged Cicero resident Alejandro Torres, 38, with driving under the influence after he allegedly parked his 1996 Chevy Tahoe on the roadway in the 8300 block of 31st Street, got out and lay down to go to sleep about 15 feet away in the forest preserve area next to the street.

Police reported finding the vehicle unattended and Torres on the ground. Asked what was the matter, Torres reportedly told the officer, "Chillin' bro, just chilling."

Police determined Torres, whose license had been suspended twice for previous DUIs, was intoxicated and had been driving the vehicle.

Businesses burglarized

The owner of a Brookfield business reported last week that his landscape maintenance business had been burglarized some time between April 6 and April 9. At the same time, an employee from another business that rents space on the property reported a second burglary.

According to the police report, someone gained entry to an enclosed utility trailer at Hinsdale Landscape Maintenance, 9100 Plainfield Ave., and removed two backpack leaf blowers valued at $400 and $450 apiece. Entry to the trailer was gained by cutting the padlock off the side door of the trailer.

Video surveillance footage obtained by police reportedly shows a minivan pulling up next to the trailer at about 9:14 p.m. on April 6. The passenger then walks over to the trailer and opens the door.

Once the passenger gets back in the van, it pulls over to an area where United General Concrete rents an outdoor space. Once again the passenger gets out, walks out of sight for a few seconds and returns to the van, which then leaves the area.

An employee of that business told police investigating the first burglary, that someone had stolen a jackhammer from the business.

82 mph on 26th Street

Two Berwyn men were charged with reckless driving after a Riverside police officer reported the two were barreling westbound on 26th Street from Harlem Avenue at 82 mph just before 1 a.m. on April 14.

Joseph Moore, 21, and William Sheppard, 19, were also charged with speeding more than 40 mph above the limit and drag racing. In addition, one of Moore's passengers, Anthony Meister, 22, of Plano, was charged with a felony count of possession of a controlled substance after police reported finding three baggies of drug mushrooms on his person.

Vehicle break-ins

A resident of the 9500 block of Congress Park Avenue, Brookfield, reported to police that during the overnight hours of April 9-10, someone entered an unlocked 2000 Ford Explorer and attempted to peel the steering column, rendering the ignition switch inoperable.

During the overnight hours of April 12-13, someone entered an unlocked 2008 Kia, parked in the 3700 block of Prairie Avenue, Brookfield, and removed $30 in cash and a Tom Tom global positioning system unit valued at $150.

A resident of the 3700 block of Forest Avenue, Brookfield, reported on April 13 that during the overnight hours, someone entered a 2004 BMW and a 2008 Infiniti, parked in the unlocked garage, and removed an iPod Nano, some loose change, miscellaneous papers and three pieces of jewelry.

Brookfield police responded to the 3900 block of Madison Avenue on April 14 at 5:48 p.m. after a resident called to report a vehicle burglary that just took place.

The resident said he was at home when he heard his van door slam outside. He looked outside and saw a man carrying two boxes from his 2005 Chevy van. The resident followed the man until the offender realized he was being followed and dropped the boxes in the 3900 block of Arthur Avenue before running to an SUV and leaving the area.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, April 9-15, and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Unless otherwise indicated, anybody named in these reports has only been charged with a crime. These cases have not been adjudicated.

- Compiled by Bob Uphues

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